New in the stringing game? You're a little overwhelmed by the process? We promise, stringing is really not as complicated as it looks. Here are a few hacks to make stringing a little bit easier if you're a beginner.
Some strings are easier to manipulate than others. For example, twisted strings can be a little more tricky because they have a capacity to tangle and be in your way. Less textured and thinner strings are a bit easier to string with. At the end of the day, all the strings can be handled, but if you're just getting started, this may make a difference. We suggest using the Charger, for instance, if you're experiencing issues with this.
As you become a stringing master, you'll want to cut your piece of string as short as possible to save on the strings... but as a beginner, it's really not worth the struggle. There is nothing worst than coming to the end of your racket and not having enough leverage to pull that last line or tie the knot. Don't risk it, leave yourself extra room... we promise you'll be thankful for it!
When you set up your racket in your machine and before you start with that first line of strings, make sure you count your holes twice and that you are really starting in the middle, on both edges of the racket. As you get used to stringing a specific racket, it will become intuitive, but at first, it can be a bit tricky. Again, there's nothing worst than realizing you're off after 20 minutes of pushing and pulling. So... count twice!!
If you can, keep an identical racket (already strung) nearby. In case of doubts, you can always take a look at the other racket's strings, for example, to see when the knot has to be done, how many mains vs crosses, etc. At first, this racket might turn out to be your best friend!
We tend to make more mistake when we're under pressure or in a time crunch. For that reason, make sure you plan extra time to string that racket. You may want to plan a full hour, if not more, even though it's not likely to take you that much time. Also, if you're the type of person who doesn't like to be watched while performing a task, make sure you string in a quiet and isolated place.
Here you go, you're ready to learn! And, remember, don't get discouraged... it's a learning process! Once you get the hang of it, you'll do it with your eyes closed!
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